Our Remembrance Service takes place on on 11 November (or the school day closest to Remembrance Sunday) and takes a unique form. After the traditional observation of the silence and the laying of wreaths at the School War Memorial, the rest of the commemoration is led by senior pupils with the stories of former pupils being told to remind current pupils of the sacrifices of those who attended Watson’s in previous generations.
George Watson’s Birthday
Every year, the Head Boy, Head Girl and two Junior School pupils visit the site of the grave of George Watson in Greyfriar’s Churchyard to lay a wreath in gratitude for the benefaction of our founder.
Founder’s Day takes place on the day that we break for the February half term holiday. A Service of Thanksgiving for the Founder is led by a member of the local clergy and is followed by an address by a prominent Watsonian.
Recent Founder’s Day Speakers:
2017: Rt Hon The Lord Smith of Finsbury (Class of 1969), Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge and former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
2016: Rt Hon The Lord Steel of Aikwood, KT, KBE (Class of 1957), Former Leader of the Liberal Party and Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.
2015: Gareth Hoskins (Class of 1985), Architect
The end of the Academic Session is marked by Prizegiving Ceremonies for both the Junior School and Senior School.
In the Junior School, pupils are awarded prizes for their achievements and all Primary 7 pupils walk across the stage of the Senior School to be welcomed by the Head of the Senior School, symbolising their move from the Junior to the Senior School.
In the Senior School, pupils are also awarded prizes for their achievements and the Leavers walk across the stage to be wished farewell by the Head of Senior School and the Principal. The Head Boy and Head Girl of the leaving year demit office by handing over their insignia to their successors. All leavers and retirees from the staff are then piped from the Assembly Hall to the congratulations of the parents, staff and other pupils present.